When it comes to labelling clothes, I’ve learned the hard way just how important it is to label everything. With Lewis at 13, we have lost more jumpers and PE pumps than I care to mention over the years, all because I was too
lazy busy to sew in name labels each year. Working as a teaching assistant whilst Lewis was young, I lost count of the number of items of lost property we would be left with at the end of each term, not to mention the queue of angry parents demanding to know where their child’s brand new trainers or school coat had disappeared to!
And so, somewhat reluctantly, I would spend every weekend before the return to school sewing in name labels or investing in various pens and stamps which promised not to fade in the wash, inevitably doing so just a few weeks in. This year, with three in school and one in pre-school, the thought of sewing in over one hundred labels for every item of clothing my children would wear each week was just too much to bear. And that’s where Petit Fernand pretty much saved the day.
Petit Fernand is a Paris based company which offers original, fun and easy to use products to help out us parents and please our kids. The best part is that all of their products are 100% customisable so that not only can they can match your children’s personalities but they are easily recognised by children of all ages.
My favourite thing about Petit Fernand is that, alongside smaller sets, you can buy a name label value pack, priced at £30 for 140 name labels, customise them all in one go, and you are literally set for the whole school year!
The value sets comprise of –
For those whose children wear less clothes than mine, the value packs could last two, even three years, making them even more of a bargain! All of the labels are customised starting with the name, the font style and colour, the background design and a choice of icon – something which my children were hugely excited about! With so many categories and pictures to choose from it still came as no surprise that the girls both chose unicorns and Harry chose a rocket.
The value packs come in handy little books to keep them all together, along with full instructions on how to apply each label, be that iron or stick on.
They even come with protective paper for ironing and protective over-lay stickers for the shoe labels – perfect for sweaty feet!!
The stick on labels are by far my favourite, given the fact that I will do just about anything to avoid ironing, and they are just so easy to use! Simply stick onto the brand label or washing instructions tag on any item of clothing, press down firmly and avoid washing for 24 hours. Even better, all labels are washing machine and tumble dryer resistant!
I love that with Harry and Megan unable to read just yet, they can still recognise their clothing, shoes and any other items, simply from their label design and personal icon.
Where as previous years have taken me up hours to sew on name labels, this year I was done for all four children in under half an hour. It would no doubt have been less had the children not tried to help me but I can now verify that the name labels do not stick effectively to your children’s eyelids…..!!
I would totally recommend Petit Fernand for custom made name labels and I am grateful that next weekend I will be relaxing with a large glass of wine, safe in the knowledge that the children’s clothes are fully labelled, mentally preparing myself for that first school run of the year. Wish me luck!!